“This Is the End” stars some of Hollywood’s funniest people playing themselves at the dawn of a biblical apocalypse.
Look, there’s Michael Cera acting the complete opposite of the kind!
And Danny McBride is leaning on his image so much that he can pull a muscle!
Critics and audiences embraced the film, which surpassed the $100 million mark domestically and earned an 83 percent “new” rating on RottenTomatoes.com
The movie is barely clamoring for a dramatic third action-based sequel, but fans of the meta and all-male style (with apologies to Emma Watson) are bittersweet.
We won’t see these comedies again. Maybe never.
Blame it on Judd Apatow and some sort of pastry-themed series for its rough, raw but ultimately sweet comedy style.
The original “American Pie” (1999) and its sequels leaned toward “Porky’s”-style humor, but each included a sense of sweetness and brotherhood. That makes jokes both digestible and fun.
Meanwhile, Apatow assembled the serial killer’s comic book cast for “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” the 2006 comedy that catapulted him to stardom.
Cast? Steve Carell. Seth Rogen. Paul Rudd. Jane Lynch. Mindy Kaling. Elizabeth Banks. Leslie Mann. Jonah Hill.
More Apatow hits followed, including “Knocked Up” and comedies on the same theme (“Step Brothers,” “Old School,” the “Hangover” trilogy, “Pineapple Express”).
“This Is the End” builds on that comedy legacy. It also shows our affection for the actors in the play. This brand of humor – aggressive, unfazed male and often overloaded with white actors – has been cast aside in the wake-up era.
Even the director of “Hangover” Todd Phillips admits as much.
Now, screenwriters can’t use those cinematic jokes anymore. Comedies are subject to a new set of rules, making unauthorized ramps a thing of the past. Remember the “End” scene where Cera is sexually served by not one but two women?
Chances are that moment won’t make the final mark of our “enlightenment” age, although it’s funny.
Pandemic? The death of comedy, at least of the genre, has made us howl for over 15 years.
Something else came to mind while watching “This is the end.” Audiences may not accept some stars playing fictional versions of themselves in 2022.
Rogen’s tough leftist politics, and open to conservativesmaking it harder to enjoy him on screen as “Seth Rogen”.
James Franco’s shtick also gets more scrutiny after he admits use her acting school to bed many studentsThis briefly derailed his big-screen efforts.
Plus, both Rogen and Hill have openly attacked fans of their own classic, “Superbad,” suggested that they won’t make the same movie today due to new laws being enacted.
“This Is the End” is not a good movie. The meta gags detract from their welcome, and the finale can’t match the climax of those first 20 minutes. It remains a time-appropriate film, marking a time when law-breaking comedies were forced to retire.